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Scarecrows Invade Downtown!

1798531_10205427848114710_2396169180249992554_nYou may have noticed some new faces downtown — more than a dozen scarecrows made by young local artists, to celebrate Rocketoberand this Saturday’s downtown trick-or-treating scavenger hunt.

A big thanks to all of the kids from Ms. Ramirez’s art classes at Lakeview and E.W. Luther Elementary Schools and the kids at Mary Linsmeier School for creating these works of art!

Stop by and see them this weekend as you take part in Saturday’s Rocketober downtown trick-or-treating scavenger hunt.


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A Rocketober Saturday To Remember In South Milwaukee


10714067_694186337318358_5168643598416810070_oSaturday is another great day to be a South Milwaukeean! Here is the list of Rocketober events …

  • It all starts with the South Milwaukee Little Kickball and Costume Contest, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Little League complex.
  • Then, from 3 to 6 p.m., it’s the downtown trick-or-treating scavenger hunt. (To participate, print the scavenger hunt game card image above or stop by one of the participating businesses to pick one up.)
  • From 5 to 9 p.m., it’s the South Milwaukee e-Lions and Friends of the Mill Pond Halloween House at the Mill Pond.
  • And don’t forget about Trunk-or-Treat at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. That’s from 2 to 4 p.m.

Check out the full Rocketober schedule here. And like our Facebook page.

We’ll see you Saturday!

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Council Roundup: Potential New Police Labor Deal And More

News and notes from Tuesday’s meeting, in addition to the South Milwaukee Pink Day activities

  • Police deal. The council voted to approve a new three-year labor agreement with the South Milwaukee Professional Police Association Local 201. The deal — which would run from Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2017 — includes a 2% pay raise each year over the life of the contract and other minor changes from the current deal. The union still must ratify the deal.
  • Downtown Committee. The council also discussed a proposal to form downtown advisory committee and referred the matter back to the Legislation & Permits Committee to work out more details and draft an ordinance, likely for action at our Nov. 25 meeting. I brought this proposal forward as another opportunity to drive downtown redevelopment. This committee — which I propose to be a mix of business/property owners and residents — would be out front in helping develop our downtown plan while also regularly advising the council, administration and others on issues related to our city center. More to come soon on this, the downtown plan and the hiring of an economic development to assist in all of this … and stay tuned for opportunities for you to get involved! I’m excited about where we’re headed in downtown South Milwaukee. I hope you are too.
  • New police captain. I want to congratulate Peter Jaske, who has been named a new South Milwaukee police captain by the Police and Fire Commission. The council recognized the promotion Tuesday night. Jaske, who previously was a lieutenant, replaces Terry Olson, who has retired.
  • Eagle Scout. We honored another Eagle Scout, Joel Dereszynski. I congratulate this fellow (soon to be) St. Thomas More graduate and am happy to recognize his accomplishments. Here is the proclamation we gave Joel.

The council next meets Nov. 25 to consider the 2015 budget. The budget will be published next week — look for a post on the budget in coming days — with a public hearing scheduled for Nov. 24.

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Rocket Sports Update: New School Diving Record

From the South Milwaukee School District …


On Saturday another school record was broken, this time it was the diving record for 11 dives by Allison Osell (10)! Andrea Andreska held the previous record for 11 dives at 346.2 and Ally broke it with a 347.15. Congratulations Ally!!!

Wednesday is Culver’s Day for the Rocket Swim and Dive Team so if you can, please stop in at Culver’s and help support the Rockets!

Friday and Saturday the Girls Swim & Dive team competed in South Side Sprints in West Allis, The team took 4th out of 8 teams.

On Friday night Allison Osell took 5th out of 16 divers with a score of 320.45.

Saturday Results

  • 200yd Medley Relay team of Bocek, Z. Bellis, N. Swanson, T. Halama took 5th.
  • 50yd Freestyle Zoe Bellis took 3rd with a time of 27.07.
  • 25 Freestyle Alexis Holliday took 4th and Natalie Swanson took 5th.
  • 200yd Freestyle Relay team of Swanson, T. Halama, A. Holliday, Z. Bellis took 4th.
  • 50yd Backstroke Mackenzie Thayer took 3rd with a time of 33.51 and Haille Bocek took 5th with a time of 33.75.
  • 50yd Breaststroke Zoe Bellis took 5th with a time of 35.84.
  • 100yd Freestyle Relay team of Thayer, H. Bocek, K. Mildebrandt, A. Holliday took 3rd.


The Rockets fell last Friday to Greendale 42-7 to go to 8-1 on the season. The Rockets showed they were right there with the Panthers through the first half of the game, but a couple of plays made the difference in the second half against the #1 ranked team in the state as the Panthers broke it open. With that loss the Rockets ended up earning the #3 seed in their D2 bracket and a home game this Friday at 7:00pm at Spaltholz Field against the #6 seed Waterford (6-3 regular season record). Please come out and support the Rockets in their first playoff game. There isn’t a team in Division 2 that they cannot beat! Let’s hear that support loud and strong on Friday!

Friday, October 24

7:00pm Kickoff

#6 Waterford @ #3 South Milwaukee

Tickets are $4 for all spectators over the age of 6. Tickets are $1 for those under 6. NO PASSES are accepted for playoff games.


The Rockets competed in the Woodland Conference meet last weekend, and we are still not sure what place the boys took in the race. Pewaukee won with 61 pts, followed by Shorewood with 64 and SM with 65, but due to a scoring discrepancy, we are hoping that they will be in 2nd place by only 1 pt perhaps!!! The Rocket Girls’ CC team took 4th overall out of 12 teams.

  • Josh Janusiak took 2nd overall in the boys’ race and Maddie Wood took 3rd overall in the girls’ race!
  • Jordan Janusiak took 5th
  • Justin Weber took 8th
  • Chris Sobczak took 9th
  • Becca Heller took 8th
  • Sam Meszaros took 14th


  • Josh Janusiak (12)
  • Jordan Janusiak (9)
  • Justin Weber (11)
  • Maddie Wood (10)
  • Becca Heller (11)


  • Chris Sobczak (10)
  • Sam Meszaros (12)

Congratulations to all of the Rocket runners! Next up is the Rocket JV CC meet at Grant Park on Thursday starting at 4:00pm in picnic areas 5 & 6. We are expecting over 720 runners to compete!

On Saturday, the Rockets will be running in the WIAA Sectionals at Mitchell Park in Brookfield.

Saturday, October 25

WIAA Sectional CC Races

  • 11:00am Boys’ Sectional Race
  • 11:45am Girls’ Sectional Race


  • Location: Mitchell Park in Brookfield
  • Mitchell Park is located one block east of Barker Road, just south of Capital Drive.
  • From Highway 45 or from the north, take Capital Drive to Mitchell Park Blvd. Turn
  • south on Mitchell Park Blvd.
  • From Highway 94 take Barker Road north to River Road. Turn east on River Road to Mitchell Park Blvd. Turn left.


On Saturday the Rocket Marching Band finished in 8th place in their division at WSMA State Competition. While the judges might not have scored them as high as they had hoped, the crowd certainly approved of their performance and reacted with great cheering for the Rockets.


The Rockets travel to West Allis Hale HS tomorrow to take on the Huskies in the WIAA Regional opener. Tickets are $4 for all spectators.

Thursday, October 23

WIAA Regional Girls’ VB

South Milwaukee @ West Allis Hale

7:00pm start


The Rockets travel to Pius XI High School today to play in the Woodland Conference Boys’ Volleyball Tournament starting at 5:00pm. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors and students 5 and older.

Best of luck Rockets!


The Rockets season finished last Tuesday at Whitefish Bay in the WIAA Regional opener against a very good Blue Dukes team. Last week the Rockets had perhaps their most exciting match in recent memory. With a spirited crowd, the Rockets fought back from a 5-2 deficit against Brown Deer to win 6-5. Issey Valadez (11) had a goal, Adam Klosiewski (12) had 2 goals and Armend Kamberi (12) had 3 goals including the gamewinning penalty kick. Ryan Graber (11) had some tremendous saves in goal for the Rockets as well.


The Fall Sports Awards Program will be held on Monday, November 10th in the PAC. Letters were just mailed out to parents with the information.


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Going Pink For A Great Cause

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Thanks to South Milwaukee Police Chief Ann Wellens, the South Milwaukee schools and many, many others for helping make Justice for a Cure Day another great success.

That check in the photo is for $5,178.49 — money raised through the hard work of local students through a variety of activities and events held today and in recent weeks.

Great work. Inspiring. And a terrific tribute to those who are fighting the battle against breast cancer, those who have won it, and those who have lost it.

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Rocketober Update: Downtown Trick-Or-Treat Scavenger Hunt Highlights Busy Saturday

It’s another busy week of Rocketober …

I want to specifically call out South Milwaukee’s downtown trick-or-treating event this Saturday. More than 30 businesses are taking part.

It’s a scavenger hunt!

Simply start by stopping at one of the participating businesses, get a game card (or print one off here), and have each additional business you stop at mark that you were there. Turn in completed game cards at I Can’t Resist Kids Resale and be entered to win prizes. Downtown trick-or-treating hours are 3 to 6 p.m.

We hope to see you and your family there, supporting our local merchants and having some fun along the way. Then, be sure to stop by the Mill Pond Halloween House, from 5 to 9 p.m.

A full list Rocketober events this week:

  • Tuesday: Justice for a Cure Day
  • Friday: Human Concerns Haunted House; SMPAC Presents Imago Theatre “Frogz”
  • Saturday: South Milwaukee Little League Kickball & Costume Contest; Trunk or Treat at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; Downtown Trick-or-Treating Scavenger Hunt; Mill Pond Halloween House; Human Concerns Haunted House
  • Sunday: Mill Pond Halloween House

Check out the full schedule here, and here is our Facebook page. And thanks for your continued support of Rocketober!

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No Injuries Reported In Molten Iron Spill At Appleton Electric

From South Milwaukee Fire Chief Joe Knitter …

At approximately 9:12PM this evening, SMFD rec’d a telephone direct call and a 9-1-1 call for smoke in the building at EGS Appleton Foundry, 2105 5th Avenue. Upon the arrival of SMFD units, heavy smoke was issuing from the building that houses their iron furnaces and EGS Appleton personnel on scene reported that one of these furnaces, which use high-voltage induction coils to melt iron for their manufacturing process, had developed a leak and spilled some or all of its molten iron into a below grade pit beneath the furnace. The pit contains high voltage electrical equipment, hydraulic lines, and water lines for cooling and runs beneath all five of the furnaces that are in this particular area of the foundry. Due to the potential for an escalating incident, a Working Still and MABAS Box Alarm was called bringing in our mutual aid partners. As a precaution, hoselines were laid out and the sprinkler system connected to. Additional EGS Appleton personnel arrived on scene and, after consulting with SMFD Command personnel, the electrical service and water supply to the involved furnace were disconnected, further stabilizing the situation. A dewatering effort was then initiated to remove a buildup of water in the below grade pit and the furnace was monitored for changes in its condition. No injuries were reported and the cause of the release has yet to be identified.

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